10 Best Halal Restaurants In Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minneapolis is known for its numerous parks and lakes, which are ideal for gentle romantic strolls or playing games with the children. If you are an art fan, you can visit Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis is also the base of 5 Fortune 500 companies, and together with Saint Paul (known collectively as the Twin Cities), it is one of the largest corporate hubs in the US. This means that there are plenty of eateries to choose from. The question is, where can you find the best halal meals? Well, don’t worry because there are plenty of establishments where you can enjoy your meal with not only the best flavors but also peace of mind that you’re only enjoying authentic halal produce. Scroll down for the best halal restaurants in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and go on a food tour.

1. Black Sea Restaurant

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Black Sea Restaurant is a family-owned dining spot located in St. Paul that offers Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. From the appetizers to the desserts, this halal restaurant uses only the finest ingredients to ensure the best quality before serving. Some of the favorites include doner sandwiches, beef and chicken kebabs, and köfte—all cooked to perfection according to halal standards. Finish off your meal with a succulent plate of baklava or Turkish rice pudding for the most satisfying gastronomic experience.

Black Sea Restaurant

Address: 737 N Snelling Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Website: Black Sea Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 8pm (closed on Sun)

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2. Zait & Za'atar

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Thanks to its warm and welcoming atmosphere, accommodating service, and excellent halal food, Zait & Za'atar is the local favorite go-to place for those craving some tasty Middle Eastern bites. The place offers a wide selection of dishes from appetizers, soups, and salads, to sandwiches, rice meals, desserts, and beverages. So if ever you’re in St. Paul and you’re craving some shawarma, check out Zait & Za'atar and enjoy some of the best halal dishes you’ll find in the city.

Zait & Za'atar

Address: 1626 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104, United States

Website: Zait & Za'atar

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11am - 9pm (closed on Mon)

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3. Holy Land

Holy Land Deli
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This award-winning restaurant is a must-visit if you’re in the area. Known for using only the best products with no additives, the authentic Mediterranean and Middle-East taste can have you coming back for seconds. The extensive and fresh menu has something that everyone can enjoy. The zabiha-certified halal meats such as beef, lamb, and chicken are all perfectly fire-grilled. There’s even a grocery store attached so you can reproduce the tastes in the comfort of your own home.

Holy Land

Address: 2513 Central Ave. NE, Mpls, MN 55418

Website: Holy Land

Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)

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4. Marhaba Grill

Mediterranean Grill
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This buffet-style option is great if you are looking to fill your tummy with good food for a great price. The menu clearly states that they serve halal meats, but if you have any questions the staff will be happy to answer. You can choose to either dine in, select meals, or even takeaway. We particularly love the family feast platters which are filled with a variety of foods and are ideal for a party night.

Marhaba Grill

Address: 2801 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, United States

Website: Marhaba Grill

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

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5. Football Pizza

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Locals love Football Pizza, and it is easy to see why. The meat is fresh and halal, and they use their own secret sauce recipe, so you can be guaranteed a unique taste. The atmosphere at the restaurant is welcoming and bubbly, particularly if there is a game on that day. Their pizza shape resembles an American football. The chicken wings are also a firm favorite.

Football Pizza

Address: 2339 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, United States

Website: Football Pizza

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

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6. Gandhi Mahal Restaurant

Best Halal Restaurants In Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Offering both dine-in and takeaway, this restaurant boasts incredible rich and diverse flavors. This unique restaurant has something you’ve probably never seen before. In the basement of the property, the owner actually grows all his produce in an aquaponic garden, so if you want some lettuce or spinach, you can be sure that the vegetables that go into your food are fresh. The restaurant even hand-rears its own fish, particularly tilapia. The menu clearly states vegan options, dairy-free dishes, and halal meat.

Gandhi Mahal Restaurant

Address: 3025 E Franklin Ave MPLS, MN 55406

Website: Gandhi Mahal Restaurant

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 4pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)

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7. Zakia Deli

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Offering traditional Lebanese and American dishes since 2007, this casual restaurant is an ideal spot for lunch and dinner. You can find everything on the menu, from beef gyros to falafel. All of the meat on the menu is halal, but you can ask the staff directly if you have any queries. During the warm summer months, you can enjoy the outdoor seating. They have also recently started offering takeaway services.

Zakia Deli

Address: 2412 Kennedy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Website: Zakia Deli

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 7pm; Sat: 11am - 3pm (closed on Sun)

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8. Filfillah Middle Eastern Restaurant

Middle Eastern meal
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This restaurant first opened its doors in 2010 and has been providing fresh Mediterranean-styled grilled food since then. They have an array of kebabs and mixed platters that are great for sharing. All of the bread, falafel, and hummus are homemade, so you can expect authentic flavors. The meat is halal-certified, so you can order with peace of mind. This restaurant is known for always offering good portion sizes, a welcoming friendly service, excellent food, and a casual dining atmosphere.

Filfillah Middle Eastern Restaurant

Address: 4301 Central Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Website: Filfillah Middle Eastern Restaurant

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

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9. Wally's Falafel and Hummus

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Wally’s Falafel and Hummus is generally known for having great halal meat. The locals head here to grab one of the best shawarma sandwiches in town. The gyro plate and chicken kabob plate are also some of the favorites. The seating inside is intimate, so the place is great for dates or solo dining. Wally’s can definitely leave you wanting more.

Wally's Falafel and Hummus

Address: 423 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, United States

Website: Wally’s Falafel and Hummus

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

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10. India Cafe

Chicken Tikka Masala
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At India Cafe, all of the spices are freshly ground, meaning that you can enjoy the tangiest spices in each meal. This restaurant is renowned for using only the best and organic produce in its dishes. Everything on the menu is halal as the owners of the restaurant are Muslims themselves. The decoration may seem plain and may feel like a regular cafeteria, but the taste is excellent. Particular favorites on the menu include the obvious tikka masala but also lesser-known recipes such as murgh malai pasanda. Also, the naan bread is incredibly good.

India Cafe

Address: 7826 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55420

Website: India Cafe

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 11:30am - 10pm (closed on Mon)

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Enjoy the best halal food in Minneapolis

These restaurants are sure to make your tummy happy as they all use fresh ingredients, have delicious recipes, and are loved by locals and tourists alike. It’s important to be sure that you’re consuming halal meat. This list of the best halal restaurants in Minneapolis, Minnesota, can be useful for your next trip.

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